<![CDATA[NBC 7 San Diego - Top Stories]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/top-stories http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/KNSD+RSS+Feed+logo+blue.png NBC 7 San Diego http://www.nbcsandiego.comen-usFri, 21 Oct 2016 15:39:44 -0700Fri, 21 Oct 2016 15:39:44 -0700NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Coronado-Based Sailor Dies in Iraq: DOD]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 13:29:43 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/AP_16294200759185.jpg

A sailor with the U.S. Navy based in Coronado, California, was the American service member killed in Iraq Thursday, Defense Department officials confirmed Friday.

Chief Petty Officer Jason C. Finan, 34, died Thursday from injuries suffered by an "improvised explosive device," or roadside bomb, officials said.

Finan was from Anaheim, California, and was serving in Iraq with Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 3 in an advisory capacity, according to the Pentagon. 

"The entire Navy Expeditionary Combat Command family offers our deepest condolences and sympathies to the family and loved ones of the Sailor we lost," said Rear Adm. Brian Brakke, commander of the Navy Expeditionary Combat Command/NECC Pacific, in a news release.

Finan was the first U.S. service member to die in combat since the launch of a massive operation to retake the Islamic State-held city of Mosul earlier this week.

More than 100 U.S. special operations forces are embedded with Iraqi units, and hundreds more are playing a supporting role in staging bases.

As of early this month, there were 4,565 U.S. troops in Iraq, according to the Pentagon. That doesn't include another 1,500 troops considered there "on temporary duty," whose number changes daily, according to the U.S. officials.

Three other service members have died in Iraq since the U.S.-led coalition began launching airstrikes against IS in August 2014.

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<![CDATA[Students Ingest Pills Thought to Be Jelly Beans: SDUSD]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 13:29:12 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Classroom-School-GettyImages-470622795.jpg

Seven elementary school students became sick Friday after ingesting pills they mistook for jelly beans, according to a San Diego Unified School District spokesperson.

The group of third grade students at Washington Elementary School on State Street in Little Italy started feeling sick before 10 a.m.

One child found the pills and handed them out to other kids thinking they were jelly beans, said district spokesperson Jennifer Rodriguez.

Instead, they were green tea supplementary pills the mother had left in the backpack after using it for a recent trip, the district said.

The children were checked by the school nurse and sent back to class. None was taken to a hospital or medical center, Rodriguez said.

Rodriguez said the incident appears to have been accidental.

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<![CDATA[Man With 3rd Eye Tattoo Sought in Attempted Kidnapping]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 11:14:52 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/10-20-16+IB+Attempted+Abduction.jpg

Law enforcement officials are searching for a man with a third eye tattooed on his forehead in an attempted kidnapping reported Wednesday in Imperial Beach.

According to the San Diego County Sheriff's Department (SDSO), the incident occurred on 13th Street and Fern Avenue between 5 and 5:45 p.m. A pickup truck pulled up next to the 11-year old, who had been riding a scooter, and a man sitting in the passenger seat got out and attempted to grab the child.

The child was able to escape to a relative who lived nearby.  

SDSO released a sketch of the suspect on Thursday. He is described to be have salt and pepper hair and a mustache, about 5-feet 11-inches tall and weighing around 180 pounds. He also has a number of tattoos, including an eyeball on his forehead and a skull on his neck. 

Patti Wringel lives in the area and said the tattoos are so unique, someone would recognize the suspect.

She said she will be paying more attention to her surroundings in an effort to protect her grandchildren.

“I think we’ve become too lax and we think we’re safe again and we stop being as vigilant as we used to be,” she said. “We just need to remember it can happen anywhere to anybody.”

The suspect was riding in Royal Blue, lifted, Ford F250 pickup. SDSO says the truck appeared to be a newer model, probably 2015 or 2016. At this time, the identity of the pickup truck driver is unkown. 

The child was not hurt, SDSO said.

Anyone who has information or recognizes the suspect can call SDSO at (858)974-5200.

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<![CDATA[Family Files Claim in Fatal El Cajon Police Shooting]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 06:44:32 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/214*120/09-28-16-Alfred+Olango.JPG

The sister of a man shot and killed last month in a confrontation with El Cajon Police officers claimed Thursday the agency was negligent in training and supervising an officer who handled the call with a “cowboy attitude."

Alfred Olango, a 38-year-old Ugandan refugee who came to the U.S. over 20 years ago, was shot by police on September 27.

His sister, Lucy Olango, filed a claim for damages with the City of El Cajon alleging the officer who fired the fatal shots handled her 911 call for help with “a cowboy attitude and demeanor.”

Lucy Olango called police that day because her brother was “not acting like himself,” police said. ECPD officials said Olango was reported to be “acting erratically,” walking in and out of traffic.

Video of the shooting shows Officer Richard Gonsalves approaching Olango in the parking lot of a strip mall and then firing several rounds just moments later.

The claim alleges that Gonsalves “provoked Alfred into taking foreseeable defensive measures which Officer Gonsalves then used as false justification to kill him.”

El Cajon police said Olango refused multiple instructions to remove his hand from in his pocket before he pulled out an object and held it in front of him “like he would be firing a gun.”  The object was later determined to be a vaping smoking device with an all-silver cylinder measuring approximately 1 inch in diameter and 3 inches long.

Lucy Olango’s claim alleges that the officer did not wait for the city’s Psychiatric Emergency Response Team (PERT) to arrive and did not use nonlethal ways of controlling the situation.

"Officer Gonsalves acted negligently in both his pre-shooting tactical conduct and decisions, e.g., to escalate to deadly force very quickly and without warning, not to wait for P.E.R.T., not to use non-lethal alternatives, and to instead confront and provoke Alfred, as well as his decision to shoot an unarmed man," the claim states.

ECPD’s PERT was working another police call at the time.

“Officer Gonsalves drew his firearm and aggressively confronted, chased, and cornered Alfred,” the claim alleges adding that the department did not adequately train or supervise the officer.

The family also alleges the officer had demonstrated unfitness prior to the day of the shooting including issues with substance abuse, acts of violence and emotional problems.

As NBC 7 has reported, Gonsalves was accused of sexually harassing another ECPD officer by sending inappropriate texts and photos in 2013. 

The officer is a 21-year veteran of the department. He was on administrative leave which is routine after an officer-involved shooting.

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<![CDATA[Poll: 45 Percent of GOP Might Not Accept Election Results]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 09:14:25 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/DONALD-TRUMP11.jpg

Among Republican and Republican-leaning likely voters, 45 percent said they might not accept the election as legitimate if their candidate doesn't win, including 18 percent who said they would definitely not accept the outcome, according to the NBC NewsSurveyMonkey Third Debate Reaction Poll conducted on Thursday, Oct. 20. A majority of Republicans—53 percent—said they would accept the results of the election if their candidate loses, NBC News reported.

Voters polled also said Hillary Clinton won the third and final debate of the 2016 Presidential Election cycle by a 9-point margin over Donald Trump. A 46 percent plurality said Clinton won the debate, while 37 percent said Trump won. Another 17 percent said that neither candidate won the debate. Clinton's final victory over the Republican nominee marks a decisive sweep of all three debates.

The debate was most notable for Trump's refusal to say he would accept the outcome of the election—with some GOP leaders joining a backlash.

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<![CDATA[Suspect in Homeless Killings Series Mentally Incompetent]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 13:35:37 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/8-2-16-Jon+Guerrero+Court.JPG

A man implicated in a high-profile series of attacks on homeless men around San Diego over the summer is not mentally competent to stand trial, a San Diego County judge decided on Friday.

During the hearing on Friday morning, the judge determined that Jon David Guerrero, 39, was not mentally capable to assist in his own defense. Criminal proceedings have been suspended.

The San Diego man faces three counts of first-degree murder, two counts of attempted murder and two counts of arson.

On Friday, as he sat in court to learn his fate, he was shaking and making strange noises.

A doctor testified that Guerrero was not competent and said he should be transferred from jail to a mental hospital to receive treatment.

The defendant will be transferred, prosecutors said, once there's an opening at the state hospital.

Guerrero is accused in five attacks that began July 3, and authorities believe he acted alone.

The dramatic homicide investigation first surfaced when police found the badly burned body of 53-year-old Angelo de Nardo near train tracks in Bay Ho. Investigators say they believe the homeless man died before he was set on fire.

Police released surveillance video of a man seen in a convenience store buying gasoline and a gas can minutes before De Nardo's body was discovered. The man wore a distinctive green Mao-style hat, like the one Guerrero was wearing at his arrest.

On July 4, two homeless men were discovered attacked within an hour of each other in Bay Ho and Ocean Beach in the early hours of morning around 5 a.m. and 6 a.m.

They both suffered severe trauma to the upper body. 61-year-old Manuel Mason remains in critical condition. 41-year-old Shawn Longley died from the vicious assault.

On July 6, 23-year-old Derek Vahidy was found attacked and lit on fire in Pantoja Park near State and G Streets. He later died in the hospital.

Guerrero was arrested on July 15 after a fifth man was attacked at 18th and C streets.

Prosecutors have said Guerrero used railroad spikes to impale the victims as they slept.

It's unclear when criminal proceedings for Guerrero will resume. He can stay at the state hospital for up to three years.

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<![CDATA[President Obama to Visit San Diego]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 14:16:32 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/AP_16292583580638.jpg

President Barack Obama will visit San Diego Sunday and Monday in what is likely the last stop here of his presidency.

Obama will fly in to Marine Corps Air Station Miramar on Sunday evening and will speak at a Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee event.

Then, on Monday, the president will speak at a Hillary Victory Fund reception before leaving the area.

Both events are believed to be private from the public.

The president was last in San Diego in October 2015 for a vacation to play golf at Torrey Pines Golf Course.

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<![CDATA[Time Warner Jumps on Report it Could Sell to AT&T]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 14:41:33 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/timeGettyImages-616058134.jpg

AT&T is in advanced talks to acquire Time Warner in a deal that could be announced shortly, CNBC reported Friday, citing sources. 

An announcement could come as soon as Monday before the opening bell, as the boards are expected to meet over the weekend, CNBC has learned.

Time Warner could be seeking more than $100 billion, The Wall Street Journal reported. That's about in line with $110 a share, reported by Bloomberg.

Sources also told CNBC that AT&T could pay well north of $90 a share for Time Warner, and speculated it could be up to $110 a share. Alan Gould, an analyst at Brean Capital, wrote in a research note that such a deal could hit the $110 to $125 a share range.

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<![CDATA[Pediatrics Group Lifts 'No Screens Under 2' Rule]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 12:32:41 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-135280995.jpg

The American Academy of Pediatrics issued new screen media guidelines for parents with infants and young children, amending its previous recommendation that outright banned screens for children under the age of two.

In its policy statement released Friday, the AAP says it’s OK for children under the age of 18 months to Skype or Face Time with grandma and grandpa, and for older children and teens to do some of their socializing, learning and playing online – as long as they put down their devices long enough to sleep, exercise, eat, and engage in rich offline lives. 

The nation's leading group of pediatricians recommends children under 18 months, with the exception of video chatting, should avoid screens. Children between 18 months and 24 months should only be introduced to digital media that is high-quality and parents should watch it with their children in order to help them process what they’re seeing.

For children ages 2-5, digital media use should be limited to one hour a day. The guidelines again recommend high-quality, education media suited for children, such as Sesame Street and PBS.

Overall, parents should avoid using media to calm a child or replace physical activity. Parents are also recommended by the AAP to have media-free time with their children and media-free zones in the house. Parents should also have conversations with children about online safety and respecting people both on and offline.

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<![CDATA[Man Shot in Linda Vista Neighborhood]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 13:40:18 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/police-stock-breaking-119818994.jpg

A man was shot in the arm after going outside his home in Linda Vista to check out a disturbance, police said.

The shooting was reported at about 9:30 a.m. Friday in the 2200 block of Crandall Drive.

The victim was rushed to the hospital with injuries that don't appear to be life threatening.

A suspect was detained, though his name has not been released.

Police said the victim heard something outside and went outside to check it out. That's when a shot was fired and he was struck in the arm.

Police don't yet know who fired the shot or if the suspect knew the victim.

Check back for updates on this breaking news story. 

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<![CDATA[Kokomo the Gorilla Shows off 2-Day-Old Baby at Safari Park]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 10:56:58 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/SD+Zoo+Gorilla+born+7.jpg

The San Diego Zoo Safari Park has a new member to show-off to guests—a baby gorilla.

On Wednesday morning, animal care staff arrived to discover that Kokomo the Gorilla had given birth to a baby girl. The now 2-day-old baby is being cared for by her mother, whom staff say is very protective and attentive.  

But the adorable little bundle of joy was shown off to park guests on Thursday by her mother Kokomo, who constantly held the baby. 

According to officials from the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, even staff have not had contact with the baby yet. But both are doing well—the baby expected to have a weight of approximately 3.5 to 4.5 pounds. 

The baby has not yet been named.

She is the second baby gorilla born to mother Kokomo and father Winston at the zoo. Kokomo is a six-time mom, having given birth to twins at the Oklahoma City Zoo in 1999.

The San Diego Zoo Safari Park has a troop of eight gorillas, including one adult male, three adult females and three baby gorillas, ranging from ages eight-years old, five and two.

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<![CDATA[Families of Chicano Park Crash Victims Remember Lives Lost]]> Thu, 20 Oct 2016 16:44:53 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/10-20-16-Jacob+Contreras.JPG

The families of the victims killed when a suspected DUI driver flew 60 feet off the ledge, killing four in a crowded park below, spoke by the memorial site Thursday, remembering the lives lost. 

Jacob Contreras, the nephew of Cruz Elias Contreras, 52, AnnaMarie Contreras, 50, spoke on behalf of the victims Thursday afternoon.

He told the mourners about about Cruz and AnnaMarie. The couple, married for 35 years, were foster parents who opened their homes to many children, sometimes keeping siblings as long as it took to make sure they would not be split up.

Happy Birthday balloons flew above the memorial as Jacob spoke, as Thursday would have been AnnaMarie's birthday. 

The other two victims, Andre Christopher Banks, 49, and Francine Denise Jimenez, 46, dated for almost a year.

Francine was a mother of four and a grandmother of one. 

All four victims were attending the La Raza Ride motorcycle festival when they were killed Saturday. A pick up truck driven by 24-year-old Richard Sepolio flew over the bridge, landing onto the crowded park. 

Sepolio, an active duty service member with the U.S. Navy, stationed in Coronado, pleaded not guilty to multiple charges related to the fatal crash Wednesday, including four counts of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated.

Family members say they don't want the victims' accomplishments to be overshadowed by such a horrific tragedy.

"It was important to come out here and pay our respects to my aunt and uncle, the ones who passed, and also who they were as people," Jacob said. "I think a lot of that has been lost because the accident was so terrible. I want the world to know that these four people were loved."

Family members say they are so thankful for the support from the community. 

Caltrans is investigating the crash and they expect the investigation to be concluded in three to four weeks. The Caltrans investigation will determine what changes, if any, need to be made to the bridge going forward.

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<![CDATA[Thieves Steal Bike From OB School For Special-Needs Kids]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 08:07:01 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/OB+Surrey+Bike.jpg

An Ocean Beach school for special needs children was burglarized for the second time in less than a year, leaving school administrators appalled over what was taken this time.

The Pioneer Day School for intellectually disabled students has security cameras, chain link and wood fences, even an alarm system. But that did not stop thieves from breaking in and stealing a six-seater Surrey Bike on Wednesday.

The bike is about the size of a small car.

It would cost around $6,000 to replace the bicycle but the value to the students at the school is far greater. The bicycle wasn't just a mode of transportation from one place to another, but transformation for the disabled students who looked forward to riding it, according to Program Director Cynthia Fajardo.

She said the bicycle was used for “physical fitness, group activity participation, motivation and access to the community" by the school.

Fajardo said she is dumbfounded over the theft.

“Unless you are pretty heartless, you kind of have to think it's a very difficult thing to fathom. Who would take a bike from a program for students with special needs who use it every day?,"  Fajarda questioned.

In February, thieves stole thousands of dollars in iPads, which were used by the students as a way to communicate.

“Some of our students use the iPads as a communication device, so temporarily that was not available to them,” Fajarda said.

Now, everything is under lock and key and inside the areas with security alarms. Classrooms are doubling up as a storage place for bikes overnight.

“It is very heartbreaking, I think for all of us here who are doing our absolute best to help our students succeed,” Fajarda said.

Fajarda said insurance and donations from the community were used to replace the stolen iPads.

But this time, the school is hoping whoever took the Surrey Bike will do the right thing and return it. And if someone sees it, they will contact authorities.

<![CDATA[Voices for Children Volunteers Are Champions in the Eyes of Many]]> Thu, 20 Oct 2016 22:48:23 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/voices+for+children1.JPG

It’s not like Sue Bieker had ample free time.

The San Diego employment law attorney maintained a law practice and was the mother of two children. But she knew she had a big heart for kids and that her son and daughter were now getting older.

A nexus happened when she heard about a remarkable San Diego organization fueled by volunteers which profoundly improves the outcome of the county’s 5,000 children in the foster care system called Voices for Children.

Help for these kids is desperately needed. Sue quickly learned that many foster kids, who on average enter the system at the age of 5, bounce constantly from foster home to group home sometimes more than 20 times in their dependency (and don’t live with one foster family as commonly perceived).

She saw the statistics resulting from the chaos of foster kids also being forced to change schools which results often with only half graduating from high school.

That often, siblings don’t get to live together in foster care. Or that a third may be homeless within three years after turning 18.

The terrible statistics continue for the children who typically enter foster care at age 5.

These children who suffered so much at the hands of abusive and neglectful families are further victimized by a well-intentioned foster care system that is overburdened and broken.

Sue knew she had to get involved.

“I saw how important it is for these kids to have an advocate: somebody who's not being paid to provide services to them; someone who is there simply because they care," she said.

The first foster care children Sue helped were sisters, ages nine and 11, who had been pulled out of a home in San Diego.

“They were severely neglected. They faced all kinds of difficult things in their home-life whether it was drugs or prostitution. One of them had dealt with sexual molestation," she recalled.

As a CASA, Sue became the first consistent, caring adult in the girls’ lives. She learned everything about their needs, whether it was educational, medical, emotional or related to finding a safe, permanent home for them, the ultimate goal.

Sue then went to court (the legal guardian of all foster children) and advised a judge as to what might be best for the girls.

The observations and advice of CASAs are welcomed by judges, lawyers and social workers involved who all know the CASAs are champions of these kids. But of course, the kids are the biggest beneficiaries.

“Getting a CASA from Voices for Children is very prestigious for foster children. It means someone is going to be there and advocate on their behalf in court," said Voice for Children CEO Sharon Lawrence. "It means they are going to get out of where they are living whether it’s a group home or a foster family. Somebody is going to get their brothers and sisters together with them on a regular basis and it means somebody is going to be on their side helping them."

The results of having a CASA can be amazing. There are former foster children who are now teachers, business owners, lawyers, doctors, White House advisors, counselors and there many great parents. Because of the intervention of one volunteer trained and supported by Voices for Children, these young people are succeeding and not becoming casualties of a broken system.

As for the young sisters whom Sue started helping five years ago, they are still minors and are thriving too. Sue facilitated their placement together now in a safe and permanent home. Both are happy and both have a bright future.

For Sue, the experience was so rewarding that she is a CASA volunteer for a third time.

“It’s more gratifying I’m sure for the CASA than it is for the children because you get to see these children advance and you get to see them benefit! It really makes you feel like you’re are making a difference," she said.

Lawrence says it doesn’t take much time.

“It only takes about 10-15 hours a month, we train CASAs well and every volunteer has a paid, professional staff member to help guide them through the foster care system to problem solve and to celebrate the successes together. I say to anyone who is interested ‘It’s not that hard and it can be life changing for you and for the children you serve,’" Lawrence said.

No legal background is required. Only a good heart.

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<![CDATA[With Women as Key Planners, Events at Trump Venues Are Down]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 11:27:44 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/marGettyImages-515752270.jpg

There is growing evidence that Donald Trump's mud-slinging is tarnishing his gold-plated name, and industry observers say the Republican presidential nominee risks doing permanent damage to his brand.

"There are certainly groups and event planners shying away [from Trump-related venues] just because they don't want to offend anybody," said David Loeb, managing director and senior real estate research analyst at Robert W. Baird & Co.

Already, the Susan G. Komen Foundation is considering relocating an annual fundraiser held at Trump's Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, NBC News reported. In addition, the PGA announced this summer that it was moving the WGC-Cadillac Championship from the Trump National Doral in Florida to Mexico City next year.

"The majority of the meeting planning community is female, and when you have a candidate who's been very polarizing… it just kind of makes sense that might impact their decision-making," said Kevin Iwamoto, a senior consultant at GoldSpring Consulting. "Planners and buyers are going to vote with their dollars." 

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<![CDATA[Democratic Strategist Refutes Trump's Claims of Paid Protests]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 10:13:21 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/DONALD6.jpg

A longtime Democratic activist said that contrary to Donald Trump’s allegations at Wednesday's debate, he had no role in any secret plan to instigate violence at Trump rallies.

Robert Creamer told NBC5 Investigates, “Aside from the fact that we didn’t want to--why would we provoke the crowd? Donald Trump did it from his own podium.”

At issue: rowdy confrontations between pro-and-anti-Trump forces outside his campaign events, including a notable rally at the UIC Pavilion last March which became so raucous that the candidate canceled his appearance. Conservative activist James O’Keefe claims in a new video to have secretly recorded Creamer and his associates discussing the plants they supposedly placed in the crowds to goad Trump supporters into violence.

“We have mentally ill people that we pay … make no mistake,” activist Scott Foval is heard boasting on the tape. “If you’re there and you’re protesting and you do these actions, you will be attacked at Trump rallies. That’s what we want.”

“I was wondering what happened with my rally in Chicago and other rallies where we had such violence,” Trump declared during Wednesday evening’s debate as he pointed across the stage at his Democratic opponent. “She’s the one, and Obama, that caused the violence.”

On the tape, Foval appears to brag of his association with Creamer, a longtime Democratic strategist who is married to Illinois congresswoman Jan Schakowsky.

“Bob Creamer is diabolical and I love him for it,” he says. “There’s a script of engagement. Sometimes the crazies bite, and sometimes the crazies don’t bite.”

But Creamer, chief of the firm Democracy Partners, adamantly disavows Foval’s claims.

“He was not a contractor at the time he made the statements in April,” he told NBC5. “The things he described were contrary to the policies of Democracy Partners---never happened.”

He would not speculate about why Foval made the claims he did, in conversations which he was not aware were being recorded.  Creamer accused the Trump forces of committing dirty tricks of their own.

“James O’Keefe, the discredited individual behind this well-orchestrated spying scheme directed at our firm, uses methods that would make Richard Nixon and the Watergate burglars proud,” he said in a statement. “O’Keefe executed a plot that involved the use of trained operatives using false identification, disguises, and elaborate false covers to infiltrate our firm and other consulting firms, in order to steal campaign plans, and goad unsuspecting individuals into making careless statements on hidden cameras."

The Associated Press reported that O'Keefe and Project Veritas often target Democratic groups with hidden cameras and false identities. O'Keefe filmed hidden camera footage at an office of community organizing group ACORN, portraying workers there as engaging in criminal activity, which led to the end of the group.

His 2010 scheme to film illegally at the office of Mary Landrieu, then a Democratic U.S. senator for Louisiana, resulted in O'Keefe being convicted, according to the AP.

In excerpts on the edited video that Project Veritas recently released, Foval seems to boast of the ease with which campaign events can be disrupted.

“It’s a matter of showing up, to want to get into the rally with a Planned Parenthood t-shirt,” he said. “Or Trump is a Nazi, you know? You can message to draw them out, and draw them to punch you.”

Two police officers were injured and five protesters arrested at the Chicago event, with the taxpayers shelling out over $100,000 in police overtime. As a result of the fallout from the video, Creamer severed his relationship with Foval, and announced he was “stepping back” from his responsibilities working with the Clinton campaign.

“Because I did not want to be a distraction from this campaign in the last two and a half weeks,” he told NBC5. “I did not want to be a lightning rod.”

Creamer made news of his own 10 years ago, when he was convicted of fundraising irregularities surrounding his former consumer group, Illinois Public Action. He was sentenced to five months in prison for bank fraud and an associated tax charge. He is a longtime Democratic consultant, working on the campaigns of, among others, former Gov. Rod Blagojevich and now congressman Mike Quigley.

The news website DNA Info reported Thursday that Twitter was bursting with anti-Trump posters who facetiously wondered where their paychecks might be.

“Trump, Chicago didn’t need to be paid to express our dislike for you,” Christopher Mikell said in a tweet posted Wednesday night. “We just ain’t got none.”

Activist Jedidiah Brown put it even more succinctly.

“I need Donald Trump to please tell me where I can get my $1,500 for standing against him at the Chicago rally.”

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<![CDATA[Montana Judge Criticized for 60-Day Sentence for Incest]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 09:29:22 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/generictrial.jpg

Thousands are calling for the impeachment of a Montana judge for what they argue was a too lenient sentence given to a father who admitted to committing incest with his 12-year-old daughter, NBC News reported.

The judge, John McKeon, sentenced the man to 60 days in prison when the sentence could’ve been as long as 25 years. NBC News is not identifying the father in order to protect the identity of his daughter.

A Change.org petition has accumulated more than 62,000 signatures of people demanding the judge’s impeachment.

McKeon defended his decision, stating that the psychosexual evaluation during the trial revealed the man could be safely treated and supervised.

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<![CDATA[Local Business Owner's Trailer Stolen, Theft Caught on Video]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 07:59:32 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/10-20-16+trailer+theft.JPG

A local man says his small business is taking a financial hit because of a recent theft.

Mike Bruno's covered work trailer was stolen around 4:30 a.m. on Oct. 11 and the entire theft was caught on surveillance cameras. Bruno uses the trailer to haul customers' carpet and furniture for his restoration company All American Carpet and Tile in Bay Ho.

Surveillance video appears to show two suspects exit a Jeep, walk over to the trailer and hook it up to their vehicle before driving away.

“It’s not nice! Nobody wants their stuff taken,” Bruno told NBC 7. "Especially when you work so hard to get that stuff and someone works for 7 minutes and takes it.”

Bruno said the night it was stolen, there was a rug, an equipment ramp and a washer and dryer he had just bought inside the trailer. The theft is costing the small business owner around $3,000.

“You’ve got to clean a lot of carpets to make $3,000,” Bruno said. "It’s not chump change, I’m a small business man. We have enough to pay for, not to have somebody take it away from us.”

While police investigate the crime, Bruno told NBC 7 that he and his employees are also doing some detective work—attempting to decipher the license plate on what appears to be a silver Jeep Liberty.

“I’ve tried taking the graphics on photo shop,"said employee Tiffany Sorber. “We just really want to find these guys. It’s not right when something so mean happens to someone so nice. It’s not okay. It’s sad the world we live in."

<![CDATA[New Advice: Parents Should Share Screentime with Kids]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 08:46:47 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/NC_mediakids1020_1920x1080.jpg Instead of playing a constant game of keep-away, parents are now encouraged to join the fun. Updated guidance from the American Academy of Pediatrics on kids' media usage represents a shift to making moms and dads "media mentors." Previously the influential group of pediatricians suggested no media before age 2. Now they say there's evidence toddlers as young as 18 months could learn and benefit from some forms of technology, as long as parents are there to guide them and the technology is not overly stimulating.

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<![CDATA[Kidnapping Suspect Arrested in Carlsbad: PD]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 06:57:08 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Generic+Police+Tape+Generic+NJ.JPG

A Chula Vista man was arrested on Thursday for allegedly kidnapping a person and forcing him to perform sex acts at gunpoint, according to the Carlsbad Police Department.

Antoine Henderson, 44, was arrested after an officer noticed a driver of a vehicle on the southbound Interstate 5 in Carlsbad matched the suspect description given by the victim. Officers conducted a felony vehicle stop near Birmingham Drive and detained three people inside the vehicle, including Henderson. 

Police say they were notified of the incident when the victim called 911 and claimed he had been kidnapped in Escondido. Officers say the victim had escaped the hotel room from the Ramada motel on the 700 block of Macadamia Drive when Henderson left. 

Henderson allegedly held the 22-year old victim, a resident of Escondido, captive inside the hotel room and forced him to perform sex acts at gunpoint. During an investigation of the scene, officers recovered a handgun and other evidence.

Lt. Chris Boyd told NBC 7 that the suspect and victim are accquaintances.

The other people inside the vehicle with Henderson are not considered to be suspects. 

He was arrested and booked into the Vista Detention Facility, police said. He is facing multiple felony counts, including kidnapping, forced oral copulation and a no-bail felony warrant for violating parole.

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<![CDATA[3rd Attack Brings Fresh Internet Outages Friday Afternoon]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 14:39:21 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/214*120/map-outage.jpg

A third wave of denial-of-service attacks on a key piece of internet plumbing was underway Friday afternoon, CNBC reported.

Internet infrastructure company Dyn Inc. told CNBC that the third wave of attack was underway, causing more disruptions after dozens of the world's most popular websites were taken largely offline Friday morning.

The White House said it was aware of the situation and that the Department of Homeland Security was looking into it; a senior law enforcement official told NBC News that the FBI has been investigating as well. U.S. intelligence officials told NBC News Friday afternoon that they did not know who was responsible for the attacks, though one source said involvement by North Korea had been ruled out.

Dyn, which runs domain name servers, said on its website that it was subject to a distributed denial of service, or DDoS, attack. Domain name servers translate website names to the numeric Internet Protocol addresses behind them. Dyn, headquartered in Manchester, New Hampshire, is one of the larger companies in that business. 

Major internet services including Spotify, Twitter, Reddit, the PlayStation Network, Netflix, SoundCloud and a number of media websites were difficult or impossible to reach early Friday.

DownDetector.com, a popular website for checking internet outages, showed a sharp and simultaneous spike in users reporting sites being inaccessible just after 7 a.m. ET and again around noon. 

Service providers including Comcast, Cox, Time Warner Cable and AT&T were also affected. 

Dyn told CNBC that it was being hit by "tens of millions of IP addresses" Friday afternoon, around 4:15 p.m. ET. They said one of the sources of the attack is devices like DVRs, printers, and other appliances that are connected to the internet, collectively known as the "Internet of Things."

Dyn said normal service was restored just over two hours later. But on its website it reported a new attack as of 11:52 a.m. ET that was still underway a half hour later.

"(We) have begun monitoring and mitigating a DDoS attack against our Dyn Managed DNS infrastructure. Our Engineers are continuing to work on mitigating this issue," the company said on its status update page. 

The extent of the effect was not clear as the attacks unfolded — Twitter experienced partial outages throughout the day. 

"The earlier issues have resurfaced & some people may still be having trouble accessing Twitter," the company wrote on its support account at 12:55 p.m. ET. "We’re working on it!"

After four and a half hours of problems, Twitter reported that Dyn had mitigated the attacks and that Twitter was once again available to all its users. 

Dyn said it was "still investigating and mitigating the attacks on our infrastructure," though a monitoring issue was resolved, it tweeted shortly after 3 p.m. ET.

On social media, people reported renewed difficulty accessing Spotify in Europe, as well as problems with photos and video on Twitter. DownDetector showed fresh spikes in outage reports for sites including PayPal, Netflix and Pinterest. 

The attacks immediately renewed fears about the security of the Internet's core infrastructure, particularly with the presidential election - already the subject of hacking concerns - less than three weeks away.

(Comcast is the owner of NBC parent NBCUniversal.)

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<![CDATA[Man in Military Uniform Drove Erratically at Memorial: PD]]> Thu, 20 Oct 2016 14:59:17 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/chicano+park+memorial+10-16.PNG

Family members mourning the loss of their loved ones at Chicano Park late Thursday night had to run out of the way as a man in a military uniform began driving erratically on the grass at the park, San Diego Police (SDPD) officers confirm to NBC 7 San Diego. 

The incident happened at approximately 10:30 p.m. Wednesday evening at Chicano Park, the site of Saturday's fatal Coronado Bridge crash. The park is located in San Diego's Barrio Logan neighborhood, just south of Downtown San Diego. 

Police say a man in a military uniform drove onto the grass at the park late at night and came close to the memorial site, where he started driving erratically. 

Family members mourning at the site said they had to rush to jump out of the way to avoid being hit. 

One of those family members then called San Diego Police to report the incident. 

At the park, tire marks are still visible from where the driver drove erratically. 

San Diego Police did not know whether they would have additional security at the site of the memorial Thursday evening. 

No other information was immediately available.

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<![CDATA[Appeals Court Reviews Case Involving SDPD Officer Shooting]]> Thu, 20 Oct 2016 21:19:26 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/victor+ortega.JPG

The decision whether to move forward on a federal lawsuit filed in San Diego is being decided by an appeals court in Pasadena.

The three-judge panel received the case after the city attorney’s office, appealed a ruling that there were enough inconsistencies in evidence to move forward with a trial against the San Diego Police Department and the officer involved, Jonathan McCarthy.

Originally, McCarthy was cleared by District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis’s office in the shooting death of Victor Ortega in June 2012. But the family of the dead man, including widow Shakina Ortega and her attorney Christina Denning, filed a lawsuit claiming a violation of the dead man’s civil rights.

The claim alleged there were numerous problems in the police investigation of the shooting incident.

In the 32-minute hearing Wednesday, the city was represented by a veteran litigator from the city attorney’s office: Don Shanahan.

“The first one grazes his stomach enters in a downward position into the abdomen” is how attorney Denning demonstrated to the court how she thinks the two bullets entered Ortega during his confrontation with McCarthy.

The officer had responded to a domestic violence call and ended up chasing Ortega to a breezeway in a nearby apartment complex in Mira Mesa. This is where the shooting took place and while witnesses heard the scuffle and yelling, no one saw what happened.

Denning alleged “there were numerous inconsistent statements” from Officer McCarthy as well as his supervisor, who investigated the shooting.

The city argued to the court that these were simple mistakes made in the course of the investigation. They should have no bearing on the court’s decision.

Denning thinks they were glaring examples of the misconduct of McCarthy and the inept handling of the investigation by the police department.

Judge Morgan Christen asked Shanahan about the location of the entry wounds because the city’s claim seemed to be inconsistent with other reported facts. “The wound paths are more difficult for you to explain. It’s a more serious inconsistency.”

The city argued it was a struggle that had Ortega on the ground then up on his feet. McCarthy tried hard to control Ortega, who wrestled to get free McCarthy’s ankle pistol and his service revolver. Shanahan said: “The question is whether Mr Ortega was coming at him”

The city argued Ortega acted aggressively to take McCarthy’s weapons from him. Denning argued Ortega was in a submissive position when the officer shot him after Ortega was overheard yelling he was going to sue him.

Under the Constitution, police officers like city officials have a degree of protection when performing their duties. It is called qualified immunity and that is what the city uses as part of its defense. It is valid as long as someone’s constitutional rights are not violated. 

At the appeals hearing, Judge Barrington Parker Jr. asked why hasn’t McCarthy’s claim for qualified immunity already been denied? “On the basis of McCarthy’s various statements” it should be, he argued. He went on to say about the officer: “He couldn’t get his story straight. He tells one person something one time” and something else at another time.

McCarthy’s own words betray him, the judge pointed out, because “this is a definitive statement of what happened, it’s not in a deposition, it’s not to an opposing council, it’s to another police officer.”

Judge Christen said the case goes “to the physical evidence of the shooting," the bullets trajectory and where both men were standing. She said to Shanahan: “I think you are right, there are inconsistences and there are material inconsistencies.”

It is now up to this appeals court to decide just how relevant the police inconsistences are. Once the court decides, it can take months for the ruling from an appeals court, then either this case is terminated or it would return to a San Diego courtroom for a new trial.

<![CDATA[Thwarted Golf Cart Robbery Sends Suspect to Hospital: PD]]> Thu, 20 Oct 2016 17:00:44 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/police-stock-breaking-119818994.jpg

One of two men involved in attempting to steal a golf cart was seriously hurt when the getaway driver crashed the car he was hanging onto, San Diego Sheriff's officials (SDSO) said. 

The incident happened Thursday at approximately 11:53 p.m. when two men were seen stealing a golf cart used an as advertisement for Performance Plumbing on Greenfield Drive. 

When the suspects took off, employees got into a car and chased after them for several blocks. 

Eventually, the suspects ditched the golf cart and got into a getaway car. 

In their rush, one man got behind the wheel and a second grabbed onto the exterior of the car. 

As the driver went around a turn, he smashed into another car, injuring the second suspect. 

The driver managed to escape. The second suspect was taken to the hospital was a leg injury. 

No one has been taken into custody, and the driver is outstanding. 

No other information was immediately available.

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<![CDATA[Model Katie May's Death Caused By Chiropractic Procedure]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 09:30:08 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/katiemayfeuerherd.jpg

Former "Playboy" model Katie May's death in February was caused by a chiropractic procedure to her neck, the Los Angeles County coroner's office told NBC News.

May died on Feb. 4 due to a "manipulation of the neck," the coroner's office said. Her death was ruled an accident.

On Friday, the American Chiropractic Association offered condolences to May's family, but defended chiropractic neck procedures.

"Our sympathy goes out to the family of Katie May," they wrote in a statement. "With respect to the safety of neck manipulation, it’s important to understand there are risks and benefits to all treatments; however, the best available evidence indicates there is no causal relationship between neck manipulation and stroke."

"Millions of neck manipulations are performed safely in the U.S. every year, providing patients relief from common forms of neck pain and headache, and helping them to get back to their normal activities," the statement continued.

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<![CDATA[Abortion Becomes Debate Flashpoint With 'Late-Term' Question]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 08:34:13 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/AP_16294052406753.jpg

Abortion became a topic in the debates between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump for the first time Wednesday night when moderator Chris Wallace focused on access to what he called "late-term, partial-birth" procedures.

"Well, I think it’s terrible," Trump said. "If you go with what Hillary is saying, in the ninth month, you can take the baby and rip the baby out of the womb of the mother just prior to the birth of the baby.

"And, honestly, nobody has business doing what I just said, doing that, as late as one or two or three or four days prior to birth," he said. "Nobody has that."

Abortion is one of the most polarizing social issues in America. A May 2016 Gallup poll showed that 29 percent of respondents believed it should be legal under any circumstances, 50 percent only under certain circumstances, and 19 percent illegal in all circumstances. Only 2 percent of those surveyed had no opinion.

"Late-term abortion" is a non-medical term that varies in definition. Most laws agree that it encompasses abortions near the end of the second trimester, when viability -- the fetus' ability to exist independently of the mother -- comes into question. There are three methods used in "late-term" abortion: dilation and evacuation, where the contents of the uterus are surgically removed after dilating the cervix; early labor induction; and intact dilation and extraction, in which the fetus is taken out as it appeared in the womb and which is widely prohibited.

According to the Guttmacher Institute, a nonprofit dedicated to the advancement of reproductive rights, only 1.2 percent of abortions in the United States occur after 21 weeks gestation. Despite their infrequency, Columbia University professor Rachel Adams said that "late-term" abortions have been a hot topic in the political sphere and have served as a means for conservatives to promote an anti-abortion agenda.

"It allows you to make a more viable argument that you're talking about a baby and not a fetus, which I think is a more dividing ethical line," said Adams, who specializes in gender and sexuality studies.

Americans' attitudes toward late-term abortion seem to be changing as a result of microcephaly, the birth defect that can be caused by the Zika virus. A July poll from Harvard University and STAT, the Boston Globe's publication about health and medicine, found that 61 percent did not think a woman should be able get an abortion after 24 weeks, while 23 percent did. But if the respondents were told that there was a serious possibility that the fetus had microcephaly caused by Zika, the numbers flipped: 59 percent favored allowing a woman to get an abortion and 28 percent disapproved.

Adams criticized Trump's incendiary language of "rip(ping) the baby out of the womb" for its violence toward women and the use of the charged word "baby" for an unborn fetus.

Others took exception to Wallace referring to "partial-birth abortion" in his question.

"Partial-birth abortion is a political term, it's not a medical term," said Laura Ciolkowski, the associate director at Columbia’s Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality. "The language that we use to talk about abortion really matters."

Terminology aside, Trump's comments revealed a lack of knowledge of gynecological medical practice, according to experts.

"First of all, there’s no such thing as ninth-month abortions," Ciolkowski said. "We call that Cesarean sections."

Lisa Perriera, a staff physician at Philadelphia Women's Center and associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Thomas Jefferson University, called Trump's comments at the debate "completely medically inaccurate."

"Abortion procedures are usually performed until viability, which is nowhere near complete nine-months of pregnancy," she said.

Daniel Grossman, a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of California, has also told Politifact that if there was a risk to a mother's life on her due date "the treatment for that is delivery, and the baby survives.”

In Pennsylvania, "viability" is legally defined as 23 weeks and six days, but almost all of Perriera's patients have abortions within the first trimester. Among those who don't, it's usually due to a problem with access to healthcare. Because many are on government-issued Medicaid, their procedures aren't covered by insurance and they have to save to be able to afford an abortion, which takes time.

In the rare event of an abortion after 23 weeks and six days, it's often a situation when "the baby is incredibly sick," and the mother finds out late in the pregnancy, Perriera said.

In the debate, Trump said that if his nominees were appointed to the Supreme Court, Roe v. Wade would be reversed "automatically" and issues of abortion would be legislated by the states.

Overturning Roe v. Wade would just make abortion unsafe, according to Perriera.

"It will have really dramatic health outcomes for women," she said. "You will see more women try to self-induce abortion and possibly have an increase in deaths from unsafe abortion."

Cecile Richards, the president of Planned Parenthood, said Donald Trump would block access to Planned Parenthood, attempt to overturn Roe v. Wade, and believed women should be punished for having an abortion.

The comment was a reference a March 30 town hall event when Trump told MSNBC's Chris Matthews that women who had abortions should receive "some form of punishment." He walked back those remarks the same day to say that women should not be punished.

"Make no mistake, Donald Trump would ban abortion in this country," Richards told NBC. "And that's why women will be the reason he's not elected this November."

Ilyse Hogue, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, said the moment the candidate mentioned reversing the 1973 Supreme Court case "was literally when Donald Trump support bottomed out with independents... His willingness to say that puts him on the wrong side of the vast majority of Americans."

After pushing hard for moderators to ask candidates about abortion access since the primary debates, NARAL activists were thrilled to see Wallace highlight the issue.

"The voters were able to hear a pretty stark contrast in the two candidates," Hogue said.

Some conservatives were annoyed Trump did not directly answer the question of whether he wanted Roe v. Wade overturned.

Evan McMullin, the independent presidential candidate, tweeted: "Why can't @RealDonaldTrump actually say the words 'I want Roe v Wade overturned?' I'm the only pro-life candidate in the race."

Others denounced Clinton’s position.

"Hillary is an extremist on abortion and admitted last night that she is part of a very small, extreme minority of Americans who believe there should be zero restrictions on abortion throughout all nine (months) of pregnancy for any reason," Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life, wrote to NBC, emphasizing that she was commenting in a personal, and not official, capacity as a Christian and mother of four.

"While demanding that crimes against children in war torn countries must stop and touting her pro-toddler agenda, she clearly stated that she thinks everyone is worthy of life except children still in their mothers' womb," Hawkins wrote. "You can't claim you are for all rights of women while simultaneously demanding the right to kill pre-born children, half of which are female."

Matt Batzel, national executive director at American Majority Action, tweeted, "Trump: Ripping the baby out the womb, may be okay with Hillary, but is NOT OKAY WITH ME #debatenight #prolife #neverhillary."

However, few pro-life organizations have directly addressed Trump's comments during the debate.

Clinton has taken a position that abortions should be "safe, legal, and rare." In the debate, she emphasized that abortion policy has to take into account the life and health of the woman, especially during "late-term" procedures.

"You should meet with some of the women that I have met with, women I have known over the course of my life," Clinton said on Wednesday night. "This is one of the worst possible choices that any woman and her family has to make. And I do not believe the government should be making it."

Many abortion-rights supporters were cheered by Clinton's performance.

"Hillary did a wonderful job of bringing it back to the real crisis of access in this country," said Hogue with NARAL Pro-Choice America. "We have now a presidential candidate in Hillary Clinton --partly because she's a woman, partly because she's an excellent leader -- (who) has chosen to listen to real stories of women."

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<![CDATA[Trump's Media Attacks: 'Biting the Hands That Fed Him'?]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 05:39:24 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-615754408-%281%29.jpg

Donald Trump's increased hostility towards the media is not only a dangerous approach because it erodes voters' faith in the integrity of the electrical system, but the strategy is also somewhat ironic for the former reality TV star. After all, without it, he would never have become the nominee of the Republican Party.

"He's biting the hands that fed him for all those months," said Temple University journalism professor Larry Atkins, author of "Skewed: A Critical Thinker's Guide to Media Bias."

Trump earned close to $2 billion worth of free media attention — dwarfing that of his Republican competitors in the primaries, according to the New York Times, NBC News reported.

Kurt Bardella, Breitbart's former spokesman, said that by setting up a narrative that the media are corrupt, he's building the foundation for another business venture. 

"Everything he says and does — and this has been the case for weeks — has been laying down the case for the rationale for a Trump TV," Bardella said.

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<![CDATA[Dem Group to Warn Millennials Third-Party Vote Helps Trump]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 04:42:59 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/johnson-stein.jpg

A deep-pocketed environmental group aligned with Hillary Clinton will blanket 1.1 million households in battleground states with mailers warning millennials that a vote for a third-party candidate only helps Donald Trump, the group told NBC News.

The League of Conservation Voters plans to spend $2.6 million before Election Day, most of which will go towards their efforts to prevent Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson and Green Party nominee Jill Stein — polling at about 7 percent and 3 percent, respectively — from siphoning votes away from Clinton.

"There are high stakes for young voters in this election, including the opportunity to meet the climate crisis head-on, and they overwhelmingly dislike Trump. But some may still be leaning towards a third-party candidate instead of Hillary," said LCV National Campaigns Director Clay Schroers. "This is a group of young people who don't want to risk a Trump presidency, and it's important that they know that a vote for anyone but Hillary is a vote for Trump."

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<![CDATA[UCSD Graduate Leads Technical Team for 'Pokémon Go']]> Thu, 20 Oct 2016 21:52:34 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/183*120/Ed+Wu.jpg

A graduate from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) leads the technical team for the popular game Pokémon Go developed by the company Niantic.

Pokémon Go became a phenomenon with millions of smartphone users when it was released in July. Players search and capture creatures using Pokeballs in various locations around them—a  mix of adventure and fantasy in one game.

Ed Wu, an alumnus of UC San Diego, is the senior project manager at Niantic.

He gave a talk at the university on Oct. 13 as part of an event for the Center for Networked Systems, according to an article published on the school’s website Thursday. 

Wu graduated from UCSD in 2004, earning his bachelor’s degree from the Jacob’s School of Engineering.

He later went to Stanford University to earn a master’s in international policy studies and a Ph.D in physics. He has worked at RAND Corporation and Google before joining the Niantic team.

Niantic had been owned by Google before it branched off into its own company in 2015.

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<![CDATA[Woman Who Tried to Shoot Barber Pleads Guilty]]> Thu, 20 Oct 2016 20:00:26 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Adrian-Blanche-Swain-gif.gif

A woman who is accused of attempting to shoot a barber earlier this year because she did not like her haircut pleaded guilty on Thursday, the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office confirmed.

Adrian Blanche Swain, 30, pleaded guilty to assault with a semiautomatic firearm.

According to barber Manny Montero, he had given Swain a haircut on Feb. 10 at the 619 Barber Shop on the 3900 block of 30th Street in North Park. He told NBC 7 that Swain left happy with the haircut and even gave him a $20 tip. But an hour later, she returned to the barber shop sporting a different haircut.

Police said Swain yelled at Montero saying that he had messed up her hair and then pulled out a gun. She attempted to shoot three times but the gun malfunctioned.

That’s when Montero and other employees tackled Swain to the ground and held her there until authorities arrived.

According to San Diego Police Detective Andrew Tafoya, the gun was fully loaded with 10 rounds but there were no rounds in the chamber. They also found an open gun case with ammunition in Swain’s vehicle.

Tafoya said he had been told by Swain she was diagnosed with schizophrenia.

Swain could face up to 13 years in prison, if convicted. Her sentencing is scheduled for December 12.

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<![CDATA[San Diego Blood Bank Urging Community to Donate Platelets]]> Thu, 20 Oct 2016 19:58:20 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/cord-blood-030811.jpg

The San Diego Blood Bank (SDBB) has issued a “critical appeal” for platelet donations.

High demand and recent regulation changes regarding donor eligibility have resulted in a significantly low stock of platelets for SDBB, and other blood banks across the country.

The local bank is the primary supplier of blood to the majority of hospitals in San Diego County, providing platelets for use in trauma wards and surgical centers. Transplant, chemotherapy and radiation patients often need platelets to survive.

According to the SDBB, platelets only have a five-day shelf life, which makes donations during shortages that much more significant. Donors with A+, B+ or AB are the best candidates for platelet donation.

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<![CDATA[Could an Undiscovered Planet Be Why Our Sun Is Tilted?]]> Thu, 20 Oct 2016 19:42:38 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Planet-Nine-artist%27s-rendering.jpg

A theoretical, distant and undiscovered planet in the solar system may be why the sun is tilted, according to a new study released this week by Caltech scientists.

It's called Planet Nine, NBC News reported, and it is said to be lurking deep in the Milky Way, tilting the planets in our solar system by as much as six degrees — or so the calculations say.

"Because Planet Nine is so massive and has an orbit tilted compared to the other planets, the solar system has no choice but to slowly twist out of alignment," said Elizabeth Bailey, lead author of the study announcing the discovery.

Planet Nine remains a mystery. It was proposed through computer and mathematical modeling, but one has actually seen it yet, far beyond Pluto, which used to be thought of as the ninth planet.

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<![CDATA[Driver Rushed to Man He Hit, Telling Him to Hold On: Witness]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 07:07:48 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/10-20-16-Hillcrest-Crash.JPG

A pedestrian walking along Washington Street in San Diego's Hillcrest neighborhood was hit by a car and taken to the hospital, California Highway Patrol officials said. 

The crash happened at approximately 7:07 p.m. Thursday on Washington Street near Northbound State Route 163, officers said. 

It is unclear what lead up to the crash, officers said. However, the driver of the car told NBC 7 he was exiting, looking to merge, and saw a man on his left hand side come out of nowhere. 

A witness told NBC 7 he saw the driver get out of the car and rush to the pedestrian, telling him to hang on and that help was on the way. 

Nurses getting off work nearby rushed to help when they spotted the incident. 

The pedestrian was rendered unconscious by the collision, officers said. The pedestrian was taken to a local hospital. 

No other information was immediately available.

Check back for updates on this breaking news story. 

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